Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, better known by his stage name Tom Cruise, was born in Syracuse, New York, on July 3, 1962. He is an American actor best recognized for his versatile acting style and clean-cut good looks.
In 1981’s Endless Love, Cruise, who started acting in high school, made his film debut. Before starring as a high school senior who converts his parents’ house into a brothel in Risky Business (1983), he appeared in minor roles in films like Taps (1981) and The Outsiders (1983). As a result of the film’s enormous popularity, Cruise gained a lot of notoriety. He played a military jet pilot in Top Gun (1986), the highest-grossing movie of the year, solidifying his stardom. Martin Scorsese’s The Colour of Money, in which Cruise performed alongside Paul Newman, was released in 1986. Two years later, in Rain guy, Cruise played the conceited brother of an autistic guy. for his portrayal of an activist who was a Vietnam War veteran in the film Born, for this movie he was nominated for best supporting actor.
In his movies throughout the 1990s, Cruise went on to show a wide range of depth and characters, portraying characters as diverse as a navy lawyer in A Few Good Men (1992), a vampire in Interview with the Vampire (1994), and a secret agent in Mission: Impossible (1996); the latter movie’s enormous success led to sequels in 2000, 2006, 2011, 2015, and 2018. Cruise received a second Oscar nomination for his role as a sports agent in Jerry Maguire (1996). Eyes Wide Shut (1999), the eagerly awaited farewell movie from director Stanley Kubrick, was an investigation of marital fidelity that received mixed reviews. He co-starred in it with his then-wife, Nicole Kidman. In the same year, Cruise gained notoriety for being a sexist self-help expert in Mangolia for which he was nominated as a best supporting actor.
In the 2000s, Cruise starred in a number of action films, such as the gritty Los Angeles-set Collateral (2004) and the science-fiction thriller Minority Report (2002), both of which were directed by Steven Spielberg. In The Last Samurai (2003), Cruise played a disgruntled American soldier who joins a samurai community. He collaborated once more with Spielberg on the aesthetically stunning 2005 film adaptation of the same-titled H.G. Wells book. In Tropic Thunder (2008), Cruise garnered chuckles as a brash film producer, and in Valkyrie (2010), Cruise played Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, a German army officer who orchestrated an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Following that, Cruise starred in Jack Reacher (2012) and the action thrillers Knight and Day (2010). He resumed his role as a former army investigator in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016). In the latter, he played an investigator. He was cast as a post-apocalyptic survivor in the science fiction adventure Oblivion (2013) after playing an 80s rock idol in the musical Rock of Ages (2012). In the comedic alien invasion romp Edge of Tomorrow (2014), he later played a snobby military public relations officer who is constantly killed and revived. In 2017 Cruise starred in the dramatic comedy American Made as well as the action-horror movie The Mummy. He returned to play the same character from the 1986 smash in Top Gun: Maverick (2022).
As much attention was paid to Cruise’s personal life as to his performing. The Hollywood media intensively covered both his marriage to Kidman and their 2001 divorce.
His strong support for Scientology became contentious during the following few years, particularly his 2005 public criticism of psychiatry as an invalid science (a viewpoint shared by Scientologists). Through his open relationship with actress Katie Holmes, to whom he was married from 2006 until 2012, Cruise continued to draw attention in tabloids and entertainment media.